Midas Touch | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States
dogfish.com

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This sweet yet dry beer is made with ingredients found in 2,700-year-old drinking vessels from the tomb of King Midas. Somewhere between wine and mead, Midas will please the chardonnay and beer drinker alike.

12 IBU

Added by purplehops on 10-31-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
4,805
Reviews:
1,649
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
14.78%
 
 
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Photo of russpowell
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 03/15/07

Pours an effervescent bronze/honey with 1/2" of pearl colored head. near-zero retention & lacing

S: Apricot, honey & pineapples

T: Sweet honey, dates, pineapples, & some dryness up front. Slight smokeyness & caramel, appleskins as this warms. I start getting grapes/muscadines in the finish, along with warming booze & dryness. Reminds me of a low abv mead in many respects.

MF: Medium-bodied with minimal carbonation & lot of slickness

This would work well as in a dessert course, drinks good, but too far away from my likes to drink more than 2. Does hide the ABV well though

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Everything King Midas touched turned to... a saffron colored liquid with a vigorous amount of carbonation? I don't mind a bit that Golden Exilir isn't a golden elixir because this color works just fine. The pale orange crown is cracklingly fizzy to start, then settles down and maintains a one finger thickness for a respectable amount of time. It isn't sticky, though, and very little lace ends up on the glass.

The nose, while different, is neither aromatic nor interesting. I can easily appreciate the white grapes and the honey, but not the saffron. It would help if had any idea what saffron smells like. I really expected more complexity from this brew. Perhaps it'll be present on the palate.

Midas Touch is one of those beers that doesn't impress me right out of the gate, yet has the potential to do so over the course of the bottle. Like the nose, there isn't much depth. This is a vast oversimplication, but DFHMTGE reminds me of a maibock: sweetish blond malt coupled with a lack of accessory flavors.

Sure, the dessert wine fruity sweetness of the Muscat grapes is present, as is the somewhat subtle honey flavor provided by the... uh... honey, but it doesn't tantalize my taste buds with tremendousness and make me impatient to take another sip. I'm sure the saffron added color. I'm not so sure it added flavor. Time to visit the spice rack.

The mouthfeel is the best part about this beer. It's full and lush and viscous without being overly thick or sticky. The initially boisterous bubbles have now settled down and are barely noticed in the mouth.

I love the story behind the inspiration for Midas Touch Golden Elixir. It's just too bad that it isn't better beer. Dogfish Head continues to be an interesting craft brewery that thinks and brews outside the box. With a few notable exceptions, however, the end product doesn't match the hype.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.28/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at The Pickled Pig Pub

A: The beer is perfectly clear golden color with a small white head that dissipated quickly. Not much lacing left behind.

S: Honey, grapes, some spice, a little lemon. Very sweet.

T: Very sweet, a little overly sweet for my liking. The oney comes through as do the grapes. There is a little bit of spice, but that part is relatively faint. I can taste a bit of alcohol, more so as it warms.

M: Medium bodied and medium carbonation, relatively crisp, but cloyingly sweet. No alcohol heat, but could taste it a little.

O: Just not really my kind of beer. Have had this a few times and just can't get over the flavor/sweetness combination. It does taste a little better with some food though, probably because the food mutes some of the sweetness. I give DFH some credit for making this though, I really do like the concept behind it.

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Photo of duceswild
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of smcolw
3.87/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The Dogfish menu says this beer contains "barley, muscat grapes, thyme honey and saffron"

This is a clear amber-colored beer. The little head present disappeared rapidly...no lace on the glass.

Sweet aroma with almost an apple jack smell. The honey is noticable while the hop is not.

Flavorwise, think a cross between a cyser (honey flavored cider) and a British mild. The drink starts off sweet but finishes slightly tart. Very full body with moderate carbonation.

I first saw this beer on PBS as they deciphered an ancient beer recipe. Worthy of a taste if only to taste "history".

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.47/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear light amber, no head, no lace. There was a touch of bubble streams coming up from the bottom of the glass, but not much. Overall I thought it could have looked a little more lively. The smell was a dead ringer for a white wine. Very sweet grapes and alcohol were all over this one. Hints of honey and grain as it warmed, but really looks and smells like wine. The taste, well lets just say, is this a beer? Don't get me wrong, its not all bad, I just really think this has all the earmarks of a glass of wine. Heavily carbonated white grape taste hits you from the start, as it warmed maybe some honey in there, grainy bread flavors and a touch of alchol, which is not suprising given 9%abv. It has a very light, and lively feel and consistency. Very easy to drink, again though it really felt like a wine. I guess its the style. I will be trying it again though, as it did not really leave any bad inpression.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decanted cool into a snifter, picked the bottle up at Thirsty's date of 7/2006 on neck. I might have to review again.

A - An apricot shade of amber w/ a quickly collapsing head made of pin sized bone white head. Streams of bubbles make lines of carbonation up the sides of the snifter.

S - A strange mix of honey-like aromas, spiced tinges and malt liquor like booziness.

M - Sweet grainy w/ a boozy honey kissed feel and a fullnes of rice w/ a candy-like finish.

T - Sweet, mead-like honeyish flavors blend w/ a creamy and dry malty w/ a subtle delicate and spicy saffron tinge. A slightly syrupy full unctous honey and malt synergy of smoothness and a creamy round fullness that begs for return sips. No real harsh malt alcohol flavor, just strong and noticeable abv.

D - a sweet taste that can be savored for at least an hour w/ a boozy yet smooth feeel and easy to drink relatively for the strength. A nice honey blend w/ the flavor and balance of barley and spice, very drinkable and intense. I admire the effort of Sam Calagione and Company for producing this ancient ale from a faraway place.

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Photo of Jason
3.72/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: 750 ml clear glass champagne magnum, blurb about the beer and well packed sediment on the bottom of the bottle. No freshness date.

Appearance: Perpetually hazed with a cloudy sunset orange colour, lace hold well …does not stick much but stay around.

Smell: Perfume-like aroma of raw honey, grape skin and saffron. Suggestions of allspice and earthy undertones.

Taste: Smooth with a bottle conditioned or a conditioned carbonation in the secondary fermentation, Alcohol make a mark as first presence with some spicy estery components as well as a bit of solvent flavours. Big buttery flavour from an over zealous diacetyl is the layer of icing for this brew. Grape skin and a fermented honey twang in the alcohol come through. Mineral and spicy saffron flavours in the middle, vinous and lightly tart. Oddly phenolic with allspice flavours flailing around that border medicinal. The after taste has the remains of grape skin and grain. After shocks of the ester / solvent alcohol continue to warm the body.

Notes: Great to have an experimental brew here and there, bring this to a dinner party to funk things up. After a couple of bottle of this they won’t know up from down or wine from beer. Other than that it is not a beer that would be considered an everyday beer nor a beer you can drink much at all. More or less a beer to share with a meal … seems to pair well with garlic studded pork loin with brown rice (that could be cooked with saffron) and a sun-dried tomato spinach and goat cheese salad.

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Photo of atrocity
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.69/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

New review from 8/28/15 - Nice sparkling color, with a decent short head. Retention is weak. Aroma isn't very strong, mostly sweet. Flavor is complex, sweet with honey being most notable. A bit sweet for my tastes. Fairly dry. Alcohol is not noted. I agree with my old review = cool expiriment, but not something I'm going to be craving often.

Look - 3.75 Smell - 3.5 Taste - 3.75 Feel - 3.75 Overall - 3.75 Avg - 3.69



Original review from 6/16/2006: Color is a clear, sparkling golden orange. Head is short, creamy, and just a bit off-white. Retention is weak. Aroma is very sweet, honey is most noted mixed with malt and maybe just a touch of grape. Taste is also sweet, with honey being the most apparent flavor. Grape mixes in as well a provides a fruity edge and is joined by a mild spice flavor. Alcohol flavor is notable, especially in the finish. Drinkability is pretty good, however I find this to be more interesting as an experiment, and not as something I'd want to have very often.

Look - 4 Smell -3.5 Taste - 3.5 Feel -4 Overall - 3.5 Avg - 3.58

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Photo of smithj4
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of womencantsail
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The pour is a clear dark golden color with a thin white head.

S: Intensely sweet like corn syrup and honey. The grapes provide additional sweetness that probably isn't really necessary. Floral and slightly spicy provide some opposition to the intense sugary character.

T: Lots of sweet white grape flavor, apple juice, corn syrup and honey. There is actually a bit of caramel/malt character on the palate, too. A light floral note and just a hint of spice.

M: The body is medium with a low to moderate level of carbonation.

D: Despite the intense sweetness, it didn't become cloying or overbearing, which is sort of rare for a Dogfish Head beer.

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Photo of orangesol
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of woodychandler
4.01/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle: "Handcrafted Ancient Ale with barley, honey, white muscat grapes & saffron".

I went with an aggressive pour since no directions were given on the bottle, plus I did not see any lees in evidence. I had a rocky finger of off-white head briefly until it went back into the ages from whence it came. Color was a deep golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity that would have made King Midas proud to have it named after him, plus he would be able to see well into the future with this one. I definitely caught the grape vinousness on the nose, but also the honey sweetness as well as a dry mustiness, no doubt the result of the yeast. Mouthfeel was very viscous, not honey-thick, but full for beer and with an effervescence that seemed to wash my mouth clean. On the second mouthful, following Midas' Cleansing, I was getting a definite white wine dryness along with an underlying honey sweetness. Man, I may need a lay-down after this. Finish had a unique honey/grape/malt admixture that swirled around in the back of my throat. It was a mellow beer for its given ABV and that may be its only drawback - it is too smooth to lay on the unsuspecting and even the more seasoned veterans may be caught unawares. I suddenly began to feel it coming on like a freight train ... Zounds!

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Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a DFH Alehouse snifter.

Pours a golden honey amber with a small bit of white foamy head that doesn't lace too much at all. The smell is overwhelmingly in fsvor of honey and white grapes, though not overly sweet. A modicum of floweriness also comes through, but only as background radiation. The taste follows, with the honey and grapes once again taking a preeminent role, and just as in the smell the sweetness is nicely toned down. The flowers from the smell are replaced by an equally mild bit of hoppy bitterness, creating a nicely balanced flavor. The body is nicely moderate and very smooth, lending this brew a high level of drinkability, though the ABV may try to say otherwise.

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Photo of ZEB89
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of thatoneguymike
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Vintage January 2, 2007

I had a four year old sample of this brew served by Sam Calagione in 2006. I remember liking it much more than the fresh version, so I bought a four pack and cellared it for just shy of four years.

A: Midas Touch appears golden and hazy with an 1/8" of head that leaves some faint lacing in its wake.

S: Grapes, grape juice with an assortment of spices.

T: I believe the sweetness has mellowed, and the beer has a subdued alcohol presence. The taste is tannic and / or of alcoholic grape juice. Four years of aging has created a smoother, more mellow version of the beer.

M: Having benefited from time in the cellar, the alcohol presence is muted. The beer is medium-thin in body, with a present sweetness.

D: A fun, unique and interesting beer. Kudos to Dogfish Head for pushing the limits. I wouldn't want more than a few ounces of this. Midas Touch is an intriguing brew, and worth a try.

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Photo of Zaphog
2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of InspectorBob
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of johnnnniee
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear medium golden color with a stingy white head that dissipates quickly. The aroma is interesting! I'm picking up some sugary candy smells as well as some dried fruits like cherry, grape and plum. Little bit of spicy/phenolic in the background. Taste isn't what you'd think from the smell. Tastes like a port mixed with a beer fermented with a Belgian yeast then flavored with cooking spices. A bit of alcohol as she warms. Finishes kinda sweet with a lingering spice that holds the taste buds hostage. Thick body, sticky mouthfeel, ample carbonation. Different to say the least. I couldn't see myself drinking this one very often, but I'm glad Sam brewed this for me to try.

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Midas Touch from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
3.72 out of 5 based on 4,805 ratings.
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